Celebrate Antarctica Day!

The flags of the original twelve signatory nations of the Antarctic Treaty

Join educator Jocelyn Argueta and researcher Jim Madsen for a presentation celebrating Antarctica Day 2019.

UPDATE: The webinar date has changed, it will now take place on Friday, 6 December 2019 at 7:30 AM AKST (8:30 AM PST, 9:30 MST, 10:30 AM CST, 11:30 AM EST). Register here.

NOTE: This event has been cancelled due to lack of satellite availability. There is a possibility that it could be rescheduled. We'll announce it on the website, if that happens. Thanks for your patience and interest!

Expedition Timeline

Use the interactive timeline below to explore with the new cohort of educators and researchers!

2019 Expedition Timeline

Latest Journals

6 December 2019 Home?-A Heart Filled with Gratitude and Wonder

By: Amy Osborne
A person walks across the white ice to an airplane.
"Said take me home" -Marc Broussard What is home? Where is it? What defines it? What happens when it changes? These questions ran through my mind during my final days in Antarctica and are still bouncing around in my brain. As I left the cold continent and we began to speed across the ice I…

5 December 2019 IceCube In Person

By: Jocelyn Argueta
Jocelyn standing in front of the IceCube Lab
IceCube In Person Jocelyn update This was my first day without altitude medication and I’m happy to report I am feeling great! I even walked a couple kilometers outside. I took A LOT of breaks to breathe, but hey, new personal record. I also mailed out the Jargie the Science Girl! postcards. They…

4 December 2019 Winds, Waves, and Winter

By: Katie Gavenus
Researchers on ice in storm
Winds, Waves, and Winter I wrote the first version of this Journal Entry on September 24, 2019 as we were transiting across the Barents and Kara Seas to the sea ice edge. Our latitude at the time was 78 degrees, 50.3102 minutes North and longitude was 058 degrees 21.3999 minutes East. It was…

4 December 2019 Back to being me

By: Jocelyn Argueta
Midday walk in front of the South Pole Station
Back to being me Jocelyn update Hello, everyone!! I woke up this morning feeling wonderful, with only a tiny, itty, bitty headache that I soothed with Tylenol, coffee, and lots of water. Could this be the beginning of the end to my altitude sickness? I hope so. In addition to drinking water and…

3 December 2019 THE GAME Part 2

By: Jocelyn Argueta
View from the South Pole Station
THE GAME Part 2 This post will be short and sweet. I just wanted to come on and say that I WON THE GAME! I'M AT THE SOUTH POLE!!!! I got in this morning around 2am and have spent the day just wandering around the station. This is my first time living and working at elevation and to top it off, I…

28 November 2019 Gratitude

By: Denise Hardoy
Denise Hardoy
Gratitude Denise Hardoy and the TransAntarctic Mountains It's a day to give thanks, and I have so much to be grateful for. I have been so blessed to have been given this opportunity. I have had so much help to make this expedition happen. The team at PolarTREC was always behind me and helped me…

PolarTREC Updates

The work of professor Bryon Crump, graduate student Natasha Christman, and PolarTREC teacher David Walker is highlighted in the weekly newsletter of the Oregon State University College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (On the Horizon).

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Live event on 14 October 2019 with PolarTREC educator Katie Gavenus aboard the Russian R/V Federov as part of the MOSAiC Expedition. Katie spoke with and answered questions from students at Brevig Mission school in Alaska.

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What is PolarTREC?

STEM at the Poles! Research Experiences for Formal and Informal Educators in the Polar Regions is the newest iteration of PolarTREC. The educators (formal and informal) come from the United States and spend 3-6 weeks participating in hands-on field research experiences in the Arctic or Antarctica, working side by side with scientists. STEM at the Poles is professional development for educators across all Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines connecting them to the polar regions and the research community; developing Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) resources; and changing how they teach STEM in both informal and formal learning environments. PolarTREC is funded through awards from the National Science Foundation and administered by the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS).

Image: The 2019 PolarTREC Cohort and project management team pose for a photo outside the Syun-Ichi Akasofu Building on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus during orientation week.

Find people, expeditions, and resources

PolarTREC has hosted 193 expeditions and houses over 2,000 resources for educational use.

Locate Team Members

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Follow Expeditions

All current and past expeditiions are listed in reverse chronological order for viewing.

Find Resources

Lesson plans, activities, articles, web links and more can be found in our resources section.